Okorocha appoints ex-AUN professor as vice chancellor of Eastern Palm University


Linus Osuagwu, a former dean of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship at the American University of Nigeria, has been appointed pioneer Vice Chancellor of Eastern Palm University, owned by the Imo State government.

Eastern Palm University is licensed by the National Universities Commission (NUC) of Nigeria as the 42nd state-owned university in Nigeria.

Mr. Osuagwu’s appointment has been approved by the Governor of Imo Sate and Visitor to the university, Rochas Okorocha.

The professor is a respected member of the academia. His work experience is as varied as it is extensive, having worked in the academia for almost three decades.

He has held several academic and administrative positions, including the Dean of School of Business and Entrepreneurship at the American University of Nigeria; Chair of University-wide Promotions Committee at the American University of Nigeria; pioneer Professor of Marketing at Covenant University; and pioneer Head of Department of Business Administration & Management Technology at the Lagos State University, among others.

In addition, Mr. Osuagwu has been involved in NUC (National University Commission) assignments, including resource assessment, and accreditation of programmes.

Also, he has assessed candidates for professorial positions in many Nigerian universities, in addition to serving as external examiner for PhD programmes in many African universities.

Mr. Osuagwu is a member of several national and international professional bodies, and has attended and presented papers at many national and international conferences and seminars, in addition to authoring many scholarly books and journal articles.

He joined AUN in 2008 as professor of marketing. He received his Bachelor of Science Technology (B.Sc. Tech.) degree, Second Class Upper Division, in Management Technology from the Federal University of Technology Owerri and Master of Science (M.Sc.) and PhD in Business Administration/Marketing (with distinction) from the University of Lagos.

He is married to Caroline, with two children, Francis and Oluchi.

His hobbies include football and listening to jazz and Christian music.

Workers have been paid upto March says NLC Chairman, Austin  Chilakpu

Okorocha poses with the state civil servants

Chairman of the State Chapter of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Austin Chilakpu has said that the state government has paid workers in the state upto the month of February while that of March is on-going, adding that while Junior workers from grade level one to six got one hundred percent of their salaries, workers from grade level seven and above got eighty percent of their salaries following the agreement to that effect between the Labour Leaders and the State Government.

Comrade Chilakpu gave the explanation while briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting between Labour Leaders in the state and the Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha with other Senior Government Functionaries on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Government House Owerri stressing that the Labour Leaders were also talking with the government to begin to pay the workers 100 percent of their salaries regardless of the agreement the parties had reached on the issue of salary.

The State NLC Chairman also stated that “Labour does not support absenteeism or workers doing those things that are contrary to the enabling laws guiding civil and public service. We have pleaded with the governor that all those workers suspended be pardoned but not that they will not feel the pain, if there is no pain it will look like we are supporting indolence and absenteeism which is what we are preaching against”.

He continued “Henceforth, we agreed that those who do not attend work 100% should be ready to face the music as labour will not intercede in such matter again”.

Comrade Chilakpu further added, “For those that falsified their certificates or working with another person’s name, labour does not look into criminal matters and those found guilty must face the wrath of labour”, thanking the governor for prompt payment of salaries.

Speaking on behalf of the government, the chairman of the joint committee Ugwumba Uche Nwosu pointed out that the governor’s pardon will only be enjoyed by those that had up to 30% attendance as those that got below can be best described as ghost workers.